Rapid development in Allen requires the Park Planning and Capital Projects Division to keep pace with the population's demand for passive and active recreational facilities. The division is responsible for the planning, design and construction management of parks, trails and open space in Allen through the Capital Improvement Projects Plan. Funding through the Allen Community Development Corporation, the Collin County Parks and Open Space program, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and other federal, state and foundation funding sources are actively pursued for the enhancement of public facilities and programming. Check out the Allen Parks and Recreation Master Plan to find out more.
Current capital improvement projects are located throughout Allen. The following are a few of the projects:
Allen Heritage Village Improvements
Green ParkA uniquely-themed playground will soon replace aging swings and slides at Green Park.
The playground, located near the intersection of Alma Drive and Comanche Drive, is due for replacement after 18 years of use. Because the playground is located behind Fire Station #4, staff asked companies to submit designs with a first-responder theme.
One company exceeded expectations, offering a custom playground design with City of Allen details. The design includes a fire fighter themed play structure for older children, a police officer themed structure for younger children, a play ambulance, and swings. The new equipment is expected to be installed by Fall 2017.
Historic Water Station
Construction of the interpretive trail through Allen's historic Houston and Texas Central Railway Water Station within Allen Station Park is now complete. Program elements include preservation of the existing historic features, including Allen’s 1873 Old Stone Dam and water tower foundations, interpretative trails and signage, overlooks, enhanced trail access, trail head improvements off of Cedar Drive and minor landscape improvements.
Plans for Molsen Farm include a permanent tree farm, community gardens, prairie habitat restoration areas, pond enhancements, soft surface trails, day camping and a potential site for an environmental education center. Partnerships with select non-profit groups may allow for additional educational opportunities and social benefits.